Carlo Ancelotti says he wants to bring silverware to Everton and get the club competing both domestically and in Europe in his first interview since joining the Toffees.
Ancelotti watched that game from the stands before formally beginning his post on Sunday, with his first match in charge coming against Burnley at Goodison on Boxing Day.
His appointment is seen as something of a coup for the Blues and owner Farhad Moshiri, who finally gets the ‘Hollywood’ manager he always wanted.
Speaking to the club’s official website about his plans for the club, Ancelotti said:
“I’m excited to be here at one of the greatest clubs in England.
“I enjoy the team, the club. This is a club with a lot of ambition, with great history, I think the squad is good. I am here to improve the team and add better quality to the squad and I’ll try to do my best.
“Our goal is to be competitive in the Premier League, to be towards the top of the table, to be competitive in Europe. It’s not going to happen straight away but we have to work for this.
“To ambition is for us to try to win and be competitive. The goal is there to reach the Champions League or Europa League. Winning honours has to be the dream for this club and for the supporters. I am here to try to do this.
“It takes time, it’s not going to happen straight away but, working together, that is our goal.”
Ancelotti also acknowledged the role the fans will play in driving the team to success, particularly at Goodison Park.
When asked if he had a message for the Toffees fans, the Italian said:
“To Evertonians I would like to say, stay with the team as you always do because it’s really important for the players to have your support.
“I would like to work together with the supporters. My dream is to bring success to this club.”
Ancelotti’s first news conference as Everton manager is on Monday at 10am GMT.